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Carrot help!
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Wolfiefan · 01/02/2016 23:47

Please excuse the stupid question. I don't own a horse but help a family member who has one.
I've found out tonight that another horse at the stable I'm really fond of is being PTS very soon. The owner has said I'm welcome to visit and feed as many carrots as I like. Sad
It's really daft but I never feed the horses. Do I cut up the carrot? If so then how?
I'm going to really miss that boy.
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Wolfiefan · 02/02/2016 07:20

Hopeful bump for the morning crowd.

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MrsCaecilius · 02/02/2016 10:16

How sad. A carrot will definitely go down well.

Simply place the whole carrot on your flat palm, keeping your thumbs tucked in next to your fingers, and offer it to the horse. He will use his rubbery lips to take it off your hand and munch with delight.

I'm sure he will appreciate the fuss.

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ValiantMouse · 02/02/2016 14:17

If you are cutting the carrot up, do it length ways, not into disks. Horses can choke on the disks.

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IsItTimeForGinYet · 02/02/2016 16:46

How kind of you. Yes cut lengthways, longer and thinner better for them. And watch your fingers.

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Wolfiefan · 02/02/2016 20:27

Thank you. I bought some special sweet Tesco finest carrots! I sliced lengthways and managed to see his owner before I went out to check it was ok.
He was um very happy! He almost sat on me and climbed in the bag I had them in to grab a few more little slices.
It was a sad goodbye but lovely to treat him and give him a good scratch. My lasting memory will be the way he walked straight across the field to me.
Hoping he goes peacefully tomorrow.
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Not even my horse!!!!!!

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ValiantMouse · 02/02/2016 20:50

99% of horses are dead before they hit the ground. They don't know anything about it- it's just an injection then nothing. I hope you get some comfort from that.

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Anotherusernamechange · 02/02/2016 21:17

Agreed with what Valiant said. The horse will have a sedative injection so he is sleepy before the injection to stop the heart. It's very humane

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